Deadman's Key

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Deadman's Key
Start date: April 13th, 1987
End date: September 5th, 1987
# of strips: 126 (21 weeks)
Writer: Lee Falk
Artist: Fred Fredericks
Preceded by: "Return of the Tinies"
Followed by: "The Executioner from 8"

"Deadman's Key" is the 196th Mandrake daily story. The story was written by Lee Falk and drawn by Fred Fredericks.

Plot Summary

A group of terrorists kidnap General Marsh to Deadman Key to get him to reveal important defense plans.


Recurring characters

One-time characters

  • Chief of Staff General Marsh,
  • Marian Marsh, wife of Mr. Marsh.
  • Major Smith.
  • Jake, a FBI agent.
  • Colonel patrick, of the military intelligence.
  • Mik, terrorist and killer for hire.
  • Mak, terrorist and killer for hire.


  • New York
  • Xanadu, the gate only.
  • Deadman's Key, a small tropical island of the southern coast.


Behind the scenes


  • The story title is lifted from the plot.


This story has been published in the following publications:

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